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Chinese politician`s wife charmed and threatened

Last Updated: Wednesday, August 1, 2012 - 15:55

Beijing: Gu Kailai has been many things to many people: Devoted wife, ambitious lawyer, gracious host, menacing businesswoman and, now, China`s most famous murder suspect.

The wife of ousted Chinese politician Bo Xilai could go on trial in the coming days, after being formally charged with the murder of a British businessman who was a close associate of the Bo family.

Through interviews with Gu`s former associates and biographical details from official Chinese media, a portrait emerges of a woman who rose out of a trying childhood to become a high-flying politician`s wife skilled at turning on the charm when the going was smooth, yet quick to turn hostile when crossed.
One account says Gu`s relationship with the victim, Neil Heywood, was tinged with tension at least a decade ago.


First Published: Wednesday, August 1, 2012 - 15:55
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